How to make vegetable oil

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Above, Mother Earth News shares the classic way to make vegetable oil with
sunflower seeds using the
Piteba Oil Press.

When you press your own oil it helps you also have a better
understanding of where your food comes from ~ so get the kids
involved! The
Piteba oil press, pictured right, is a hand-cranked
oil extractor that presses oil from all seeds and nuts with a high
oil content. Use it to make your own cold pressed seed oil for
your off-grid lifestyle. The manual press clamps to a work surface.

How much oil can you make in an hour using the Piteba?
  • 5 pounds of almonds or hazelnuts
  • 8 pounds of peanuts or sunflowers
  • 11 pounds of hemp or safflower seeds

Happy endings...
Making your own vegetable oil is a worthy goal in self-sufficiency.
Now that you know how to make vegetable oil, what's stopping
you from giving it a go? Anyone knows that home made is always
better than store bought.

You'll find that making fresh home-made oil adds an incredible
amount of flavor to your foods and that it's healthier than oils
that sit endlessly on the sales shelves before reaching your

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How to make vegetable oil
Do it yourself and make your own vegetable oil

Press your own cooking oil!
If you're a foodie or a prepper you'll want to eventually make your
own cooking oils. It's a tasty and fun hobby. Using a high quality
machine, you can press coconut, ground nuts, olives, sesame
seeds, walnuts ~ you name it, for cooking and more.

Why make your own cooking oils? Not only are home-pressed oils
more nutritious and delicious, but they are fresher! Cooking oils
just sitting in your pantry or the sales shelves can quickly become
rancid rendering them nearly useless for anything other than lamp
oil. With home made cooking oils you can bake, fry, sauté or use
for dipping, dressings and marinades. They also add flavor and
vitamins to your foods.

Moreover, once you make your own cooking oils you'll want to
give a hand to making your own
carrier oils for essential oils or
other cosmetic purposes, like oil for your hair. You can make
organic oils or choose conventional oils could to fuel your
oil lamp
or for use in
soap making.

So let's get started! Below is the skinny on how to make delicious
cooking oils from scratch...

How to make vegetable oil
There are lots of ways to make cooking oil. You can press or
expel the oil from seeds and nuts, you can
make butter, or you
can render lard and tallow.

Here's how to make your own vegetable oil:

#1: Find an oil press that meets your needs.
You can buy a fancy electronic oil press if you're foodie, but as a
prepper or homesteader with the goal of living the off-grid
lifestyle this isn't practical. Who wants to fire up a generator
when you can employ the good old-fashioned hand-crank method?

With a hand crank method, you may need to clamp to your work
surface to deal with the friction. Then you just funnel your nuts or
seeds into the opening. Watch the video below and you'll see
Mother Earth News has fashioned an empty bottle, but as a
prepper you likely already have a funnel for your canning.

Check the manual for the oil capacity of nuts and seeds you can
use. The oil press machine pictured at the top of the page, for
example, is suitable for most of the oil content is more than 25%
of the oil crops, such as coconut oil, flax seed, peanut, sesame
seed,sunflower seed, tea seed or walnut. It won't work for olives!
You can read the reviews and see what's best for you. The
commercial olive oil press, right is well worth the expenditure if
you have access to lots of olives!

#2: Pick your source of oil.
The beauty of making your own oil is that you can use a manual
oil expeller to make cold pressed oil from local seeds and nuts.
With a
Piteba press, for example, pictured at the bottom of the
page, you use your own muscle power to squeeze the oil from
nuts or seeds. Imagine pressing olives for your home made olive
oil ~ it's so tasty and totally easy to do. Just be sure your
machine can handle it.

In picking your nuts or seeds it's interesting to note that if they
are too moist, the oil won’t flow. Likewise if the seeds or nuts are
too dry it could clog your machinery.

You can press or expel oils from a variety of seeds and nuts:
  • almonds
  • coconut
  • flax seed
  • hazelnuts
  • hemp seed
  • olives
  • peanuts
  • pumpkin seed
  • macadamia nut
  • mustard seed
  • sesame seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • tea seeds
  • walnuts

  • One important note of caution: Do NOT use bird seed! Bird
    seed isn't the highest quality of seeds and it's not stored at
    optimal temperatures, and the regulations on bird seed
    aren't like they are for human consumption. At the end of the
    day, you don't really know what you're getting with bird seed.

#3 Warm up your machine.
There are two kinds of oil press methods ~ hot or cold. Both
pressing techniques offer slightly different flavors and benefits,
but not all machines can do both. You can switch between the
two methods using the
heavy duty oil extraction machine,
pictured right, of course you'll also pay more for this feature and
you won't be able to use it off grid without the aid of power from
a generator.

In the case of a manual press, like the red
Piteba, at the bottom
of the page, you'll need to warm up your machinery before you
get to the fun part of cranking. In the case of a manual oil press
you'll just need to light the wick and allow it to heat up for
around ten minutes. This not only brings out the flavor, but
enables the extraction process.

You might be tempted to make lots of oil when you get your new
machine, but be sure to make small batches so that it won't get
rancid. Fresh is better anyway and well worth the time you spend
in making it.

#4: Process your nuts and seeds.
Add the seeds to the funnel and attach the container. The oil
needs a place to drip the contents and a mason jar is an ideal
vessel. It's fun to watch your oil collect.

Remove any stones or sticks from your seeds before funneling
them into your machine. Some nuts, like hazelnuts or walnuts
require that you remove the hull. You also might need to chop up
the big seeds and nuts.

#5: Remove the seed cake.
After you've pressed your oil, you'll be left with a mass of seed
pulp. Remove the pulp and repurpose it! If you have chickens you
can feed this pulp to them as an added source of protein. They'll
love the treat. Otherwise, just add it to the compost pile.

#6: Let your oil cool.
You should let your freshly pressed oil cool for 5-7 hours. Allowing
impurities to settle. You'll find your oil has a texture to it that's
not as refined as the store bought kind. This will be a luxury
you'll treasure. If it's not to your liking, you can filter it through

Enjoy it immediately, around within 2-3 days as there are no
stabilizers in your home-pressed oil. No worries, because if you
don't use your oil you can always use it for lamp oil.

Get started making your own oil!
Whether you're a foodie, a prepper or a homesteader you can
press olives for home made olive oil ~ it's so tasty and totally
easy to do. The video below will help show you how to get
Piteba Oil press
Electronic oil press
Manual Oil press
Commercial olive oil press
Heavy Duty Oil Press
How to make vegetable oil at home